The winter weather may be out of the picture for now, but drivers are still being urged to use caution when traveling roads in western North Carolina.
The NCDOT announced more than 55 mudslides have occurred across the region and are creating additional hazards for travel.
Motorists should stay vigilant and watch for downed trees, power lines and other debris in the road. Additionally, they should watch for N.C. Department of Transportation crews, as well as contracting crews and utility workers, who will be out today clearing debris from roads
To ensure safety, motorists are advised to go slow, avoid distractions such as cell phones and avoid forcefully using their brakes to reduce speed. Use extra caution around the mudslide cleanup areas, which are indicated by orange cones and the presence of NCDOT vehicles.